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bed·lam

(bed'lăm),
1. Pejorative colloquialism for a mental hospital or institution.
2. A place or scene of wild or riotous behavior.
3. A disturbing uproar.
[corruption or contraction of St. Mary of Bethlehem Hospital in London]

bedlam

noun A riotous disturbance by one or more mentally volatile individuals.

Medspeak-UK
Bedlam. A popular name for Bethlem Royal Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in London.

bedlam

[From Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, pronounced “bedlem” in Middle English.]
1. An asylum for the insane.
2. Any place or situation characterized by a noisy uproar.

bedlam

The slang term for the Bethlehem Royal Hospital in London, the first psychiatric hospital, founded around 1400. Visits to observe the noisy madmen became a popular entertainment and the term soon came to be used for any uproar. The site of Bedlam was moved several times and it is now associated with the Maudsley Hospital.
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Ice-cream man Alan Wilkinson, of Bedlam Lane, Rowleys Green, opened his pack yesterday to find a form for his neighbour.
All that I can say of Bedlam is this: 'tis an almshouse for madmen, a showing room for harlots, a sure market for lechers, a dry walk for loiterers' New Ward: The London Spy (1698).
While his latest literary efforts have been entertaining and fun to read, they don't quite deliver the powerful and cogent messages of family, love and emotional bedlam as his prior works.
Even if bedlam and debauchery isn't your cup of tea, it's got to at least get the wheels of wonder turning: What does one have to do to deserve being booted from an entire country?
After one particularly unnerving liturgy, during which bedlam reigned and fights broke out, Uncle Tom removed his vestments in record time and commanded his young servers: "Let's get the hell out of here
With the rock fans clamoring for the ordination of Elvis, the African Anglicans mulling over whether to send missionaries to England, an Australian ex-bishop at the center of a sex abuse scandal, Episcopal Bishop John Spong preaching that everything in the church is so much clap-trap, and the Canadian church hierarchy agonizing over whether there's enough room on the head of the Anglican pin for both straights and gays, there's so much bedlam going on that no one seems to notice that thousands of confused Anglicans are looking for a new pew in which to pray.